Top Things to do and places to visit in Aomori

by RICH - TripleLights travel specialist

Speaking of Aomori, the first thing that pops into your mind might be “apple”. In addition to the apple, there are  many attractive reasons for you to visit Aomori.

“Nebuta Matsuri”, one of the most famous Japanese summer festival that takes place in Aomori is a must see event. In winter times, you can enjoy snow sculptures and firework in Aomori Winter Festival. Aomori is full of entertainment activities in all the four seasons. Besides, Aomori is rich in nature. Shirakami Sanchi, a mountainous zone registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ready to explore this amazing place which is blessed with beautiful culture and nature? These are the places that you have to pay the visit!

 

Aomori Nebuta Festival

Top Things to do and places to visit in Aomori

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Ornately illuminated gigantic nebuta floats are majestically paraded throughout the city
Among the nebuta festivals, the largest is the Aomori Nebuta Festival which is a must-see celebration considered to be one of the Three Great Festivals of the Tohoku Region. The summer nights of Aomori are illuminated by these huge nebuta being paraded on the streets.

Japan’s foremost splendid and majestic summer festival Proud and gigantic nebuta floats, created with the utmost care by artisans, are paraded through the streets as performers dance about in haneto wear and loudly yell “Rasse-ra-!” The sounds of powerful wadaiko drums and jaunty flutes echo throughout the venue and the energy of the festival reach as high as the mountaintops. All of the floats are rated and the winners are paraded on boat on the final day of the festival to provide a splendid finale. There is a special scene...

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Phone
017-723-7211
Price
- Free
Advance reservations are necessary for seating.
Aug. 2-6 Nebuta viewing 2600 yen(night)
Aug. 7  Nebuta viewing 2600 yen(day)
Aug. 7  Nebuta(day)+ fireworks(night)set 6600 yen
Please refer to the official website for reservation details or contac
Website
www.atca.info

Sannai-Maruyama Ruins


Experience life before the birth of Christ at Japan’s largest Jomon settlement ruins for free
The remnants of a Jomon settlement more than 3000 years ago. Through the museum’s exhibits and interactive workshops, you can get an idea of the lifestyle of the Jomon people displayed in the middle of lush nature.

Japan’s largest Jomon settlement The existence of the Sannai-Maruyama site was known during the 17th century in the Edo Era, but the revelation of it being Japan’s largest Jomon settlement came to light after long years of excavation. The settlement existed between 2000 and 3500 BC, and it’s considered to have been around at the same time as Stonehenge in England and the Pyramid of King Cheops of Egypt. From these ruins, structures such as pit houses, raised-floor houses and pillared buildings have been revealed, and from th...

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Business hours
- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
Phone
017-781-6078
Price
- Free
Parking is free
Interactive workshops
(330 yen – 1080 yen)

Website
sannaimaruyama.pref.aomori.jp

Oirase Stream


A mysterious stream flowing through the lush Towada-Hachimantai National Park
Oirase Stream is located in Aomori Prefecture at the northernmost top of the island of Honshu. The biggest attraction of the area is taking that nature hike through a landscape where you can see natural waterfalls and streams which boldly show off a variety of expressions and wildlife.

A beautiful stream in the middle of lush pristine nature Oirase Stream which flows between Nenokuchi on the shores of Lake Towada and Yakeyama is a stream which has one of Japan’s loveliest views. On the 14-kilometer stream, there are clear streams and waterfalls along bold cliffs created by nature whose appearance is filled with change. This area is within Towada-Hachimantai National Park, and it has been recognized nationally as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and preserved as a Natural Monument. It not only has wild birds and fish l...

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Phone
0176-51-6770
Website
en.aptinet.jp

Hirosaki Neputa Festival

Top Things to do and places to visit in Aomori

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Praying for hale and hearty health through the fiery neputa floats. Filled with emotion found only in a castle town.
The Hirosaki Neputa Festival evokes feelings of courage and hidden beauty from its neputa procession. The traditional Tsugaru Joppari Taiko Drums and the festival’s excitement echo throughout the summer nights.

A festival of profound depth with music and shouting that have been selected as one of The 100 Soundscapes of Japan Magically decorating the summer nights, neputa floats of varying size parade down in a long procession. The Hirosaki Neputa Festival is popular as a summer festival filled with spirit that can only be found in a castle town. There are various rumors as to the origins of the festival, but it probably began from a farming event known as the Nemuri Nagashi to ward off sleepiness and neglect that would stymie farm work in the summer,...

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Phone
0172-35-3131
Price
- Free
Advance reservation is necessary for seating.
Cost: 1,800 yen
Please refer to the official website for details on making reservations.

Website
www.hirosaki-kanko.or.jp

Shirakami-Sanchi


A World Heritage expanse of trees consisting of a virgin forest of Japanese beech
Within a large 130,000 hectare mountainous zone, there is a spreading landscape of an ancient virgin forest of Japanese beech and the beauty of a deep valley. Shirakami-Sanchi is being preserved as a World Heritage site, and is a natural sanctuary that has retained its original appearance.

A mountainous zone registered as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site Shirakami-Sanchi, a mountainous area 1000 meters in altitude which spans from southwestern Aomori Prefecture to northwestern Akita Prefecture, was registered in 1993 as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site for its valuable region of primeval Japanese beech forest which has covered northern Japan’s hills and mountains from 8000 to 12000 years ago. As has been explained as a reason for its registration (“The world-class scale and distribution of a virgin natural J...

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Phone
0172-85-2810
Price
- Free

Mount Osore


The northernmost sacred area that is reputed to gather the spirits of the dead
Along with Mt. Koya and Mt. Hiei, Mount Osore is one of Japan’s Three Sacred Grounds where Bodai-ji Temple is located. On the large mysterious area enshrouded with the smell of sulfur, you can experience the Buddhist world of happiness.

Honshu’s northernmost sacred land, Mt. Osore’s Bodai-ji Temple One of Japan’s Three Sacred Grounds, Mt. Osore has been worshiped by people since ancient times. Bodai-ji Temple was founded in the year 862 by the priest Jikaku Daishi Ennin as a place to study Tendai Sect asceticism. Later in 1457, the temple was abandoned but was successfully restored in 1530, and the temple’s principal image, Enmei Jizo Bosatsu, was worshiped as “The Buddha to save people from various sufferings”. Also known as a place for m...

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Business hours
- Everyday (6:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM )
Phone
0175-22-3825
Price
- Adult: 500 JPY
- Child: 200 JPY
If you pay admission into Bodai-ji Temple, the temple onsen is free (please bring a towel)

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